Peet Buttigieg may be a rising star in the democratic field of 2020, but his strong pro-Israeli views may set him at odds with an increasingly pro-Palestinian left flank in his party.
The 37-year-old open gay municipality of South Bend, Indiana, in the past described Israel as an example for the United States in how to deal with security threats. He accuses most of the suffering in Gaza in Hamas, a Palestinian Islamist political organization and a militant group that has ruled the territory since 2007. And he categorically rejects the condemnation of Israel – and US support – it was made by progressive legislators. not to say that he completely ignored the plight of the Palestinians ̵
Some of his rivals in the promotion of democracy in 2020, most notably Senator Berni Sanders, are also much more critical of Israel than to Butigiga. Sanders has repeatedly condemned Israel for violence at its border with the Gaza, where over and over again the Israeli forces killed mostly unarmed demonstrators, including women and children, demanding the end of the ten-year blockade of food, fuel and medicine.
Senior foreign policy adviser at Buttigieg told me that "Pete does not consider the Israeli-Palestinian problem as a zero-sum game," and although he does not support the policy of the extreme right Prime Minister Israli Benjamin Netanyahu, he still supports Israel and considers it an ally and a democratic state.
Nevertheless, the mayor may enjoy amazing support now, but perhaps his views of Israel will condemn him among Democrats.
Buttigieg continues to do a lot of Israeli statements
A former naval intelligence officer talked about Israel openly, at least for a year.
Last May, Butigue made a trip to Israel with other measures organized by American Jews h Committee, a global Jewish Bar Association. Soon after his return, Butigiev was interviewed for the podcast of the organization. It was a difficult time, since just four days earlier Israeli forces killed dozens of Palestinians who protested against the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem.
However, Buttigieg had nothing but a high praise for Israel, suggesting that his way of dealing with security threats could be a good model for the United States.
"Seeing how a country can be, on the one hand, very deliberate, very serious and very effective when it comes to security, and on the other hand, does not allow security concerns to dominate your consciousness," he said. This is a very important lesson to which we can hope Americans can look at when we think about how to navigate the world, which unfortunately has become less and more dangerous for all of us. "
Buttiguieg's foreign policy adviser told me that the Mayor
Buttigieg also said that many of the problems faced by Gaza were the fault of Hamas.
"There really is no single or single voice for the Palestinian people," Butigig said. . "Most people do not realize the difference between what is happening in the Gaza Strip – Hamas is guided in such a way as to cause many suffering there, but it is also quite different than the environment where you will have a negotiating partner around the world.
There is no doubt that Hamas failed to manage the territory properly so that the Palestinians living there protested against this group. But a significant part of humanitarian difficulties, of course, is also due to the blockade of Israel.
And the latest statements made on the subject of Israel, show that his thoughts remain largely the same as in the May interview.
During a speech on January 31, in The View for example, he was asked to respond to comments made by Ilhan Omar (D-MN), where she criticized Israel for violating human rights and even compared.
Butigigg, married to a gay, strongly opposed. "People like me are stretched in Iran," he said, "so the idea of what's happening is just wrong."
He continued: "They [Israel] must also – and we must deal with them as an ally – what kind of regional security will look there," he said. He added that the Israeli general during a trip to May 2018, the delegation said that the most difficult problem that Israel faced is Iran
Multiple opportunities, multiple Israeli defense, and then it is clear enough where Butigig is standing. The problem for him is that he is more and more stands alone.
Democrats parry their views on Israel
Progressive Democrats are much less shy to express Israel's critique and advocate for Protestant views.
As noted in February in the Atlantic by Peter Beanart, "he made a video calling Gaza" an open-air prison area, "he portrayed Benjamin Netanyahu as part of the worldwide movement towards authoritarianism," and, Most controversially, he proposed to cut US military aid to Israel. " Committee (AIPAC). Surprisingly, Buttigieg, along with many other democratic contenders, did not go away (although some did).
And while in the presidential race, Muslim lawmakers like Omar and Tlayb continue to oppose Israel's treatment of Palestinians. Of course, this led to the fact that the Democrats in general.
There is a reason why Democrats are easier or ignored or they are directly criticizing Israel for these days. The Pew Research Survey of 2018 showed that only 27 percent of Democrats said they sympathized with Israel, which is 11 points less than in 2001. Meanwhile, Republican sympathies jumped 29 points to 79 percent over the same period of time.
This partially forced President Donald Trump to misrepresent anti-Israeli democrats and even anti-Jews.
Thus, Israel will continue to be a difficult place for the Democratic Party and perhaps the most important issue of foreign policy of primaries. Buttigieg has already made its case in Israel. The question is whether voters will give him a reward for this